About Us

The professional commitment of SBA Search is to expertly find great SBA staff that equips lenders to serve more small businesses by providing ready access to capital through government-guaranteed lending.

With well over 29 years’ experience in staffing successful SBA programs, our industry knowledge empowers our clients to focus on efficient loan delivery while maintaining the highest levels of SBA loan compliance. At SBA Search, we focus on cultivating long-term client relationships. We diligently strive to earn and keep that trust.

Meet Our Managing Partner, Tim Terry

As an author, lecturer on SBA lending, small business investment banker and consultant, Tim Terry has been delivering for his clients a multi-faceted skill set based on vast experience in training and consulting financial professionals since 1986. Tim is an active member of NAGGL and NTAGGL, past Chairman of the Region VI Advisory Council, and past Honorary Chairman
of the US Congressional Committee on Small Business Affairs. In addition, Tim has served the industry by testifying before Congress regarding SBA funding issues.

Long before NAGGL began their training division, He was teaching SBA lending to bankers and CPA’s. His copyrighted instructional manuals and courses have included SBA Eligibility & Credit, Loan Closing, SOP, and SBA Compliance.

As the founder and managing partner of a small business investment banking company, Tim originated over $30 million annually in SBA 7(a) loans throughout the 1990’s. Guided by his leadership, over 450 companies acquired growth capital in just six years. This first-hand expertise has provided a unique perspective on how to market and grow loan volume for client banks.

As of 2018, Tim has orchestrated the launch of over 20 SBA programs in community and statewide banks, as well as nationwide lending platforms. He has devised marketing strategies for SBA lenders that have been targeted for micro-markets, such as CPAs and franchise organizations.

Tim’s broad knowledge of the industry has enabled him to identify SBA-experienced top talent and successfully place knowledgeable personnel with client hiring managers. His innovative approach to becoming the “Go To Expert” has included actually doing the job of SBA lenders, launching and growing SBA departments with a nationwide footprint, and keeping a finger on the pulse of industry dynamics and personnel costs by conducting the Annual SBA Compensation Survey.

No other consultant brings this rare combination of broad-based knowledge and depth of experience to the table. Whether you are looking for an SBA lending position, need to find talented employees, are starting a new SBA division, want to focus on growing your program, or seek to build specific strategies to target markets, you need look no further.

Kyel Sletten

When it comes to talking with anyone about your SBA career, the key is knowing who you can trust to have your best interest as the focus.  A senior SBA staffing professional, Kyel Sletten has been with SBA Advisors since 2015.  Kyel is a specialist in SBA recruiting and consulting having worked with bank and non-bank lenders of all sizes across the country.  He is dedicated to genuinely caring for people in the industry and having their best career interest in mind.  The mantra holds true for him, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”.

Working on a nationwide level, there is hardly a SBA market that Kyel does not have a strong expertise in.  He consistently looks to expand his SBA network all over the country with candidates and lenders, while maintaining a focused effort on each individual person.

This job is a family affair for Kyel. He is married to the former Juliana Terry, Tim Terry’s daughter.  They are the proud parents of son, Brooks, and daughter, Faith MaryAnne.

Samali May

As a recruiter, Samali May has been recognized as a top performer in Sales for serving her clients in filling hundreds of positions nationwide at all levels including banking, consulting, technology, logistics, beverage, and local government. In her 20 years in recruiting, one of the many skills she has developed is her ability to connect quickly with anyone she speaks with and discern whether or not they are the right fit for the position she has been hired to fill. She is excellent at assisting her clients in making sure the resumes clearly communicate the qualifications needed. People enjoy working with her because she puts forth joy in her follow up in every step in the recruitment process. She strives to hit the bullseye on the 1st interview every time. Samali May is detail oriented and committed to serving her clients with the highest level of integrity, honesty and professionalism. She enjoys helping others and both clients and candidates can feel her positive energy and enthusiasm. Her network is extensive because she values people. She understands that delivering results is key in building trust in order to achieve and cultivate long-term relationships.

In her career she has worked for companies like IBM, Akili, Accenture, FleetPride, Aflac, K-force, Unison, LLC and Pepsi. She’s received awards nationally for achieving Top Performer goals and traveled many places around the world by winning national sales contests.

She was recruited to join SBA Advisors by Tim Terry and Kyel Sletten in early 2020. Her reason for joining is because she wanted to work for the best recruiting firm in SBA Search in the nation. The team at SBA Advisors are the experts in the industry. Since she joined the team, she has assisted a number of candidates and clients in reaching their hiring goals. Samali is committed to equipping lenders to serve more small businesses by providing access to top hard-to-find talent within the government-guaranteed lending industry. Samali has been happily married to Bret May for 22 years and has two wonderful kids, Malia and Logan.

Our focus at SBA Search is a long term relationship with our clients. We work hard to deserve their trust.

Some of our satisfied clients include:

  • Business Loan Express
  • Community South Bank
  • Wachovia SBC
  • Temecula Valley Bank
  • Compass Bank
  • Banco Popular
  • GE Capital
  • United Central Bank
  • First Heritage Capital
  • Banco Popular
  • GE Capital
  • United Central Bank
  • First Heritage Capital

What We Are

In today’s competitive environment you can’t afford to miss the target.

Selecting the best lending personnel is more challenging today than ever before. Demand for the best and most experienced people is extremely high.

Through our extensive work in the financial service industry, we have established solid relationships with industry leaders. We specialize in identifying and placing key personnel with highly developed skills in conventional and small business lending.

We have the inside track on the best and brightest:

  • Department Managers
  • Credit Managers
  • Loan Officers
  • Business Development Officers
  • Credit Underwriters
  • Closers
  • Servicing Personnel

We can assist with your specified personnel needs in other areas as well. With SBA Search hitting the bullseye has never been easier. Working on a non-exclusive basis, our average time from engagement to placement is less than 30 days.

This is due to our understanding of the lending arena and the many different departmental operating systems. Whether you need a Business Development Officer who does credit analysis and other duties, or you want a BDO to simply bring in substantial new business, SBA Search knows who can best fill your specific need.

The cornerstone of our company is based on principles of integrity, strict confidentiality, diligence, and results!

Going the extra mile…

Candidate selection is just the beginning. Routine assistance is also given in the following areas:

  • Writing Job Descriptions
  • Designing Compensation Plans
  • Designing SBA Loan Departments
  • Outplacement Of Personnel When Downsizing

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